As my mom and I sit in her fifth floor hospital room eating lunch, the window is slightly ajar and the gentle breeze cools the room. Shortly after we bow our heads and thank God for our meal, we hear the call to worship Allah ring out through the city of Istanbul. A man with a beautiful voice chants Arabic phrases that declare the greatness of Allah. Few people in Istanbul understand Arabic, but they dutifully file into the mosques dotting the landscape of this city.
A few moments ago, my mom and I were singing praises declaring the greatness of our God. Our clarion call is not heard across an entire city; it simply fills the sterile walls of her solitary hospital room. But the greatness of our God–the God of the Bible revealed in and through the person of Jesus Christ–surrounds the Turks. His majesty is proclaimed in the white, fluffy clouds that pepper the sky and the birds that sing of His glory and the faces of Turks who have been made in His image and are stamped with the fingerprint of Almighty God.
And so, this afternoon, we want to first and foremost offer praise to our God for what He has done. Here are some of my mom’s most recent accomplishments through the strength and power of God:
1. She was able to walk around her room today, taking slow, but steady steps.
2. All of the tubes have been removed from her body. Even the IV port has been extracted!
3. She has not needed any nebulizer treatments today.
4. The doctors have said my mom is stable enough to fly back home this Saturday! She will need to be accompanied by a medical professional in case of an emergency.
Our greatest prayer request right now is that we can obtain five tickets on the one and only non-stop flight this Saturday from Istanbul to Chicago. My mom and the medical professional will need to fly business or first class, but my dad, brother, and I are more than content to fly coach. This is a lot to arrange and request in a very short amount of time, but I am confident that God will work out all of the details if it be His will. And we will worship and extol the majesty of our great God regardless.
Thank you for your continued prayers and all of the encouraging comments that you leave. You are all such a blessing to our entire family.
Jenny (on behalf of my brother, dad, and mom too)